Jailhouse tourism, or a new long-stay visa

It could be called the very cheapest sort of holiday: spending the duration of a jail sentence incarcerated in a comfy European prison. The Dutch justice ministry’s announcement that it will close eight prisons and cut 1,200 jobs in that sector could prove to be an opportunity: India could outsource a few of its sentenced criminals there.

Since India is unlikely to face the eventuality anytime soon of such a dip in crime that prisons become empty and unviable, this could be just the solution to the problem of stuffed jails. In the past, Belgium had also transferred prisoners there to lessen the load on its own jails — and paid the Dutch well for it — so there is already a precedent.

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